Have to have these with report cards, right? So here goes. My picks for the individual hardware after 20-odd games.
Hart Trophy (MVP): Steven Stamkos. The 50 goals in 50 games watch is on for him. Stankos is leading the Lightning to a possible division title and is now in all conversations about the game’s best player. Runners-up are Sidney Crosby and Mike Richards.
Vezina Trophy (Goaltender): Tim Thomas. The 36-year-old has had a remarkable turnaround season and is making the Bruins a real threat in the East. LA’s Jonathan Quick has been outstanding as well and so has Montreal’s Carey Price.
Norris Trophy (Defenseman): Nicklas Lidstrom. The 40-year-old future Hall of Famer is still playing like he’s 10 years younger than he is, and being a dictating force for a Red Wings team that is aiming at another Stanley Cup. Meanwhile give credit to Dustin Byfuglien for how his production after switching back to the blue line and to Boston's Zdeno Chara for doing his thing for the Bruins.
Calder Trophy (Rookie): Logan Couture. He’s not the leading scorer among the freshman, but he has put up some key points and is playing in more and more important situations for the Sharks. Jeff Skinner in Carolina has had electrifying moments and goalie Sergei Bobrovsky is a big reason the Flyers are in first place.
Jack Adams Award (Coach): Guy Boucher. He’s taken what Steve Yzerman gave him and turned the Lightning into a very good team and very fast. Scott Arniel has been no slouch either in Columbus, while the job Terry Murray is doing in Los Angeles shouldn’t be overlooked.
Lady Byng Trophy (Sportsmanship): Martin St. Louis. He gets a lot of ice time for Tampa Bay and takes very few penalties, and most important puts up lots of points. Runners-up are Patrick Sharp of Chicago and Washington’s Nicklas Backstrom.
Selke Trophy (Defensive forward): Mike Richards. The Flyers captain does it all at both ends of the ice and has become one of the game’s best young leaders. Detroit’s Pavel Datsyuk still has no peer at pilfering pucks and Vancouver’s Manny Malhotra is one of the top shutdown guys in the league.
First quarter awards
Posted on: November 26, 2010 5:00 pm